Hi,

What a beautiful day.  Started fairly chilly, in the 30’s but officially hit sixty six degrees, but was over seventy by my thermostat.

Yesterday and today I finished up the Courtyard.  The gardens are all weeded and mulched.  The elephant ears are planted.  The water feature is cleaned and up and running.  It’s so cool to walk out into the courtyard and hear the water.  The buds on the white lilac tree have grown noticeably since Sunday.

Modcloth www.modcloth.com was here today to do their photo shoot for a new retro line of clothes they are debuting.    Very nice people, lots of pictures.  The outfits they were shooting were very cool also.  They were taking shots on the Veranda, in front of the Carriage House and even on the beach.  I look forward to when they post them to see how the backdrops (my spaces) look hopefully accentuating the outfits.

Spent some time sitting on the front porch reading my book, Turning Stones into Schools, by Greg Mortenson.  It is so nice to be able to sit on the porch again.  With as much as I love the Courtyard and hanging out on the Veranda, I also love sitting on the front porch watching the street traffic and seeing friends and neighbors you don’t see anywhere as much in the winter.  And speaking of Turning Stones into Schools, it’s a great book for anyone.  It about the Central Asia Institute (CAI) and their goal of stopping fanaticism by education.  They have been building schools in the remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  They’ve built schools in the heart of the Taliban controlled areas and extremely remote locations in the Himalayan mountains.  And they are focused on educating girls, because under the Taliban, girls have been pretty much forbidden to receive education.  What I found most interesting is how Greg describes the inner relationships that are important in those cultures.  His enthusiasm is contagious also.

Tomorrow is Soup Night at Calvary Methodist Church, my good friend Lisa from Fabled Table www.fabledtable.com runs it.  She’s a great cook (chef) and they offer tasty inexpensive food.  It’s from five p.m. until seven p.m. if anyone local reads this.

I think that’s about it for today,

ed

Hi,

Dreary day today.  It started out fairly overcast and then got totally cloudy and was raining fairly hard.  That’s OK, it’s that time of year.  Yesterday was pretty nice and I got all the gardens cleaned up and mulched, except for the area around the water feature and where the elephant ears go.  It’s still a little early to plant the elephant ears, but I may plant them just to get all the gardens finished (planting them now won’t hurt them, they just won’t do anything until the ground is warmer).  I also got all the life jackets, fish netting, witch balls, etc out of the basement for the “Beach”, cleaned up and scattered around the Beach.

In December, 2008, Allan G rented the entire Inn for a workshop with a group of associates from U Pitt.  He rented a white board, easel and markers from Office Depot and had Office Depot deliver and pickup the equipment.  About a month later, I started getting Office Depot catalogs addressed to Allan G at my Inn.  I called Office Depot and the customer service representative I spoke with asked for the codes on top of and below the address.  She said everything was taken care of and I was deleted from their mailing list.  She asked that I wait eight weeks for the system to clear out anything that was already scheduled in the system.  Three months later (and three catalogs) I again called Office Depot and went through the same ritual.  Again I was told I was removed from their mailing list and to please be patient for eight weeks.  Two more times I went through this and then contacted the Better Business Bureau in South Florida (where Office Depot’s headquarters is).  I did this through the BBB’s web site and within a week I had a call from an Office Depot manager that apologized and asked me to detail what I had gone through.  I gave her how everything had happened, she said she saw what had happened and would be able to remove me from their mailing list.  Of course she asked me to be patient for eight weeks for the changes to take affect.  I have not received a catalog from Office Depot since.

BUT, this week I received a solicitation from the Pittsburgh Business Times and the US Postal Service addressed EXACTLY as the Office Depot catalogs were, Alan G with the Parador Inn and my address below that.  THEY SOLD MY ADDRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m assuming they did not do it in spite, it was probably just one of those incredibly stupid things greedy big companies do when people are taken out of the system and the system takes over.

I gave four tours yesterday to brides (one is already scheduled for August, they just wanted to see the rooms again to do room assignments).  This afternoon I have a neighbor’s daughter coming over for a tour for her wedding.  Also, Danielle stopped by to see the place.  She’s the photographer for ModCloth www.modcloth.com , they do new retro clothing here in Pittsburgh.  It looks like they are going to use my place for a photo shoot Wednesday for some new clothes they are coming out with.  Cool.

Well, it’s still pouring down rain, it looks like da boiz aren’t going for a run in the park today.  They don’t mind, I do.  :)

ed

Wow, it’s been a week.

When I started this, I didn’t plan on making entries every day, but once a week is way too long.

The TV poltergeist struck again twice.  The TV in African Tulip lost reception.  Global Satellite came by Tuesday and started poking around at it.  For those of you that know African Tulip, the TV is in this huge eight foot high by eight foot long armoire.  The armoire was in it’s exact location when I bought the property.  The wall behind it was the old maid’s closet that we gutted to add the African Tulip bathroom.  Since there is very few “hollow” walls in the building (the entire property is brick construction, even the interior walls), we ran a ton of electrical, plumbing and air conditioning through the open space and then closed everything up.  Denny couldn’t get a signal at the jack attached to the back of the armoire.   We  moved the armoire and still no signal coming out of the wall.  Denny went down to the DirecTV junction box downstairs and checked all the connections again and found the problem.  The next the signal died in Lady Palm.  They came out and promptly fixed that.  As of this writing, all the TV’s are working fine.  Lets hope they stay that way.

I stopped by Dragun Supply and ordered my yearly mulch supply.  Since I’ll be spreading the mulch this weekend, I decided to spread the compost I’ve been working on since last summer.  This is my first venture with composting.  I know air and moisture are very important for things for rot, so I put a layer of sticks on the bottom of my composter before starting to drop my kitchen scraps and leaves so it wouldn’t get too compact and air could circulate.  Mistake.  The vegetable matter rotted and the sticks were still there on the bottom as sticks.  I had to dig the sticks out by hand (through all that mush) so I could remove the compost.  A big mess.  And with this being my first time harvesting my compost, I don’t know what to expect.  There are lots of worms and other critters working their magic in there.  The compost on the bottom was pretty much indistinguishable from what it originally was, except  for the egg shells.  I guess maybe I won’t try composting egg shells.  I’m not too worried about the shells not being totally composted since I’ll be spreading the mulch over the compost.

It’s so exciting to see the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths growing and flowering.  The purple plum tree’s buds are swelling, the white lilac tree has small leaves all over it.  There’s all kinds of nubs of growth coming up in my gardens. The days are significantly longer, finally.  I think the thing I like least about winter is the short dark days.  I definitely don’t like the cold, but the short dark days are the worst.

Da Boiz and I went out to Betty’s yesterday.  As I’ve been working my way down into the woods, the destruction for the snow storms is even worse than I initially thought.  There’s three trees down, not one.  And there’s a lot of branches that should actually be considered trees they are so large.  I broke my chain saw out there last week, so I just went out there and used the lopers to trim all the small branches off the big stuff.  Next week, I’ll be able to quickly zip through all the branches and trees and cut them into manageable sized logs I can move.  But I still have another full day’s work pruning down one more area of downed trees and branches before I’ll be able to cut those up.

Good night,

ed

Hi,

I advertise on bedandbreakfast.com. They have started a blog and after entering their blog and typing a long and thought out narrative, I went to post it and it said I had a wrong URL.  I initially had clicked on their link and started typing, pretty frustrating.

Yesterday, I cut the major limbs on the purple plum tree in the parking lot damaged by February snow storms. cleaned up the mess and took it all out to Betty’s.  She has 3 1/2 acres and lets me drop vegetation in one of the valleys.  While there I took a couple of truck loads of storm damage I had cut up in her main yard down into the woods also.  Worked in the Courtyard this morning, move the cold hardy hibiscus from by the trellis (so the don’t compete with the clematis) over by the wall near the water feature so they stand out better.  Also planted two dozen tulips/hyacinth along the fence with the arondo donax.  I planted them sort of under the three new evergreens so when da boiz go running up to the fence to bark at the poor pound puppies going for their walks, da boiz don’t trample the new flowers.  Hosed off the wall between my Courtyard and my next door neighbor Eleanor.  It seems to leech salt out  of the bricks (or some white powder residue on the bricks) that comes off fairly easily.  Unfortunately, the old bricks seem to be turning to powder.  When I hose it off, the water runs down gritty red.

My good friend Lisa stopped by to pick up the fabric I got and the Veranda wicker furniture cushions.  She should have them done in a week or so.  For any of you that have been here, she’s the one that made all the cushions for the window box seats in Chenille and Oleander; she made the drapes in African Tulip and on the third floor landing in the main stair case.  She made all the drapes on both floors of Bougainvillea.  And if you see a tropical pillow here, guess who made it.  Oh, sorry Lisa, I almost forgot, she also did all the frog patterned chair cushions on the Veranda also.  Lisa, who used to own The Ugly Duckling restaurant, now has The Fabled Table www.fabledtable.com , a cooking classes and catering company.  After speaking with her, I was surprised how well she’s doing.  (Not surprised because of the quality or price she’s famous for, but surprised because she’s only had this venue open a fairly short period of time).  She’s so busy with corporate and social catering that she’s talked Mike into working with her.  Mike’s her boyfriend (actually manfriend would probably be a better term).  They’ve been together for a good while now and it’s great to see to people that deserve each other (and I mean that in a good way).

Good night,

ed

Hi,

Finished painting the Veranda wicker furniture and cleaning up the gardens in the Courtyard.  There’s all kinds of plants poking their little green tops out of the dirt.  Spring is here!!

I got a very cool E-mail yesterday.  Jill had stumbled on my Blog and saw my comments I made about having trouble with RJ being so greedy.  Jill’s rescued a dog and was having trouble getting the new dog and the old dog to get along properly.  She found a lady, Debbie that’s a dog trainer and she highly recommended her.  Debbie’s web site is www.powsitivereactions.com , if anyone is interested.

As far as RJ goes, we’ve actually been making progress.  Twice now when we were leaving to go out on some errands, he was running around Razor nipping at him and wasn’t listening to me telling him to stop and was left at home alone.  Talk about having an effect.  When we were leaving the next several times and he tried torturing Razor, he responded pretty quickly when I told him to stop.  Yesterday when we were leaving for our walk, RJ again was unbridled energy racing like a fool through the dining room.  He was left home alone and Razor and myself went for the walk.  Razor had the best walk he’s had in a year.  When we went for our walk today, I can’t say RJ was a star puppy, but he didn’t knock any chairs over or upturn any rugs.

Something I really hadn’t noticed, was that Razor hasn’t been playing with toys lately.  Razor hasn’t been much interested in toys for the past few years.  But he did on occasion chew on a bone.  RJ wants everything.  He will drop the toy he has in his mouth if Razor picks something up and take Razor’s toy. And Mr Nice Guy Razor lets him get away with that.  So a week or so ago, I decided if Razor won’t be the Alpha dog to the puppy, I’ll take his back.  Anyone that knows me know that I have no problem being Alpha.  And it’s actually working.  Not only does RJ let Razor alone when he has something, Razor is actually now defending himself.  Now none of this is 100% of the time, but we are definitely working towards the right direction.

ed

Hi,

For those that know me, I never shop Walmart.  The only time I was in there was when a friend that apparently didn’t know me well gave me a gift certificate for there.  When it was about to expire (I wouldn’t let Walmart steal that money also), I broke down and went in my first Walmart.  I swear I had cold sweats walking in the doors.  :)   I canceled my Citi Bank credit card as well as the other main bank’s cards years ago.  I like small and didn’t like corporate greed before they almost brought down this country.  No, I’m not some radical, I just like small personal services.  I like going to small local restaurants and those that have stayed here, have never heard me recommend some chain restaurant.  Guests are always thanking me for sending them to a place they never would have found on their own.  (I don’t recommend a restaurant just because it’s small and local, it also has to be good).

So yesterday, I had closing at Slovak Savings and Loan bank yesterday.  Currently a one branch bank (they’re looking for a second location as we speak), with VERY personalized service.  I have refinanced (or attempted) many times in the ten years I have owned my own business.  I’ve also been a bureaucrat working major hotels and sometimes I think they based the TV series MASH on my exploits in the army as the company clerk.  Forms have to be filled out, you have to use a pen with black (or blue) ink when signing documents, everything has to be done in such a rigid way.  (Again, I understand the importance of a bank insuring their loan, but sometimes they go overboard).  One of the things typically required with a loan secured by property is an official appraisal.  Because the ratio off the county’s market value to the loan amount, Jennifer, my loan officer, waived this fee that would be several thousand dollars.  OMG, someone that thinks and can make command decisions.  During closing, Dan, I’m not sure of his actual title, but the guy in charge of this institution “stopped in to meet me face to face”, we’ve spoken on the phone.  Their building isn’t pretty on the outside (their inside offices are quite impressive), but they epitomize whom I want to deal with.

While I’m on my soap box, if you don’t mind, I’d like to continue with my TV saga in the Bird of Paradise guest room.  I bought a brand new Vizio HDTV back in January.  A long story short, after HOURS of my time on the phone with DirecTV and Costco Concierge (where I bought the TV) and Vizio and the TV still turn on pink and no sound, I had my DirecTV installer, Global Satellite sent a tech in to figure out the problem.  To be fair, the second to last time I spoke with DirecTV and Costco/Visio, Visio said the problem sounded like the mother board in the TV was bad and they sent me a replacement.  I got the replacement and the same problems occurred.  When I called Costco Concierge, they got Vizio on the line and we talked.  I own a Bed and Breakfast, not an electronics store.  I can cook eggs and make beds.  I look for support services to help me with the other issues.  My second to last phone call, I explained the problem to Costco and then to Vizio.  The “tech” from Vizio was SO consumed with “they sent me a new TV, it has to be DirecTV.”  I identified my  lack of technical expertise, but it seems to me that there’s a problem with the TV communicating with the satellite box.  The Vizio tech insisted it was DirecTV, they had send me a new TV.  So my guests over the weekend had to be instructed on how to push the RES button so they could watch TV.  I called Global Satellite yesterday and Denny sent a tech today to fix “my” problem.  When he arrived today and I explained the problem, he IMMEDIATELY said “It’s your dpi settings, Vizio sets it at 480 and it needs to be 1080.”  With a few short strokes, he went into the TV and changed it’s pre-programed settings.  FIXED.  So I called Costco this afternoon.  I spoke with a rep whom referred me to his supervisor.  I explained what had transpired and I wanted him to get a Vizio supervisor and listen to my complain.  When the Vizio rep answered the phone told me he’d call me back “in a minute” with a supervisor.  I told him that would defeat the purpose of having Costco listen to the conversation.  At least ten minutes later, I got a supervisor for Vizio.  He repeatedly apologized and said he knew the last Vizio “tech” was and he would speak with her and address proper training.  Did I say he repeatedly apologized?

I had DirecTV in the middle 90’s, I wasn’t impressed with them.  Since moving to PGH, I now have DirecTV.  I applaud their service now.  There is a very short wait time to talk with them, they are pretty knowledgeable and accommodating.  But the people you speak to constantly apologize.   It’s like the boy that cried wolf, you say it so much, it looses it’s punch.  There are times to say I’m sorry, repeatedly saying it cheapens it.  The supervisor from Vizio said “I’m sorry a zillion times” (OK, I’m exaggerating).  Finally, he specifically thanked me for taking the time to tell them my feed back.  The only thing that hit me as sincere.  He more or less said the only thing he was approved to do was apologize.  He could have offered to pay for the service tech to fix Vizio’s error (I really wasn’t looking for this, I wanted something sincere).  I mentioned that nothing was happening to satisfy me, HIS supervisor could call me (hint).  We ended the conversation.  I never heard from his supervisor.  When I was an executive with hotels, I always told my managers and supervisors they had the authority to “comp” anything they thought was necessary.  They had to justify this decision later to me, but as long as I understood their thinking, all was OK.  What is a supervisor if all they can do is say “I’m sorry”.  Vizio’s TV seems to be a good product, although I’ve only owned one that actually worked has been short.  Their service stinks.  It’s nice to buy a product owned by an American company made in America.  But I’m trying to make a living here and my time is valuable.  I may buy another Vizio product, I may not.

Sorry Jill, it’s late and I’ll talk about RJ tomorrow.

Good night,

ed

Hi,

Well, I failed in my attempt to add 15k words this weekend to the manuscript, I only added about 5k.  But did some major revisions on the script.  It was amazing how bad parts of it was.  I’m about half finished with this part, I just finished the recipe section.  I think I’m pretty happy with it.  When I’m finished with this part, I’ll print a hard copy and see what I think of it so far.  The printed word always looks different to me than when I read things here in the computer.

The new Vizio television came in Friday and I hooked it up.  I now get visual when I turn it on but no audio.  When I push the RES button on the DirecTV box, I then get visual and audio, again.  But once it’s been turned off, it goes back to just showing the picture.  After fighting with Vizio (they claim it’s DirecTV), I have to move the television to another room and couldn’t do that with people checking in.  It sure is easy for those phone “technicians” to blame someone else.  I’ve swapped boxes from different rooms and the HDMI cables multiple times and Vizio still blame DirecTV, even though those boxes and cables work fine with the televisions in the other rooms.  So tomorrow I’ll take the television down off the wall and move it to another room (ensure that the television in that room is working properly first) and hook the Vizio up in that room.  Very frustrating, the hours spent trying to get something you just bought brand new to work.  ):

Had some fabulous guests this weekend, or at least that’s what RJ says.  They had him running all over the kitchen, Courtyard and even the Ballroom.  He’s really funny in the Ballroom because he can’t get traction on the maple floors and slides all over the place.  Razor just stood there with that look “these kids”.  :)  Marcia & Will came for the first time this weekend with their friend Darren who used to live in da burg to do some house hunting.  They’re moving here from Virginia, Welcome New Residents Marcia & Will.

Brian and his crew from the Pittsburgh Film Makers shot their segment today.  Very nice people and they seemed pretty happy with the results.  He says he’ll tell me when it’s finished and where it is going to be shown.  It’s about a dysfunctional relationship, it sounds pretty interesting.

I got the Veranda all cleaned up from the winter, even hung out at the captain’s table for a while.  Not quite warm enough for me yet.  We didn’t get all the rain the weather guys said we may get, so the floods seem pretty contained.  It’s supposed to start drying out starting Tuesday and be that way for a few days.  So early next week I hope to cut those major branches out of the purple plum tree in the parking lot that was so damaged by the heavy snow.  All the crocus, tulips and hyacinth are popping out of the ground, I also need to get the gardens in the Courtyard ready for the spring sprouting this week.

That’s it for now,

ed

Hi,

Yesterday I hosed off the winter from the sidewalk, parking lot front and side porches.  Today, Jason from AAA stopped by to do my annual inspection.  Good timing Ed.  And it was such a nice day, I got to work in the yard cleaning some of the winter out of the Courtyard and Beach.  Crocuses, tulips and hyacinths are all coming up.  Spring is in the air.  :)

Did a few errands, dropped off my recycling and then finally got started on my book again.  Very productive day, got close to five thousand words written.  And this has been just in updating the current text with my new perspectives based on my more recent experiences.  My goal is to add fifteen thousand words by the end of the weekend.  Wish me luck.  But now that I’m back into it, I’m enjoying it as much as when I started this project when I sold my bed and breakfast in Florida and was bored.

Brian, from Pittsburgh Film Makers www.pghfilmmakers.org stopped by this evening.  They’re filming a scene here for one of their up coming movies.  And yes, they will acknowledge my Inn  in the credits.  This is the second filming here.  Two years ago I received a phone call from a Japanese film maker that was filming a documentary on Louis & Charles Tiffany up in a Connellsville glass factory that still makes glass for the Tiffany company.  The producer saw my Inn on line and decided she wanted to film some “at home” shots of Tiffany.  We came to terms and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The administrative assistant I spoke with what sounded like American,  English I am used to.  My contact person was of Japanese descent and spoke perfect English, the rest I communicated through him.  Very nice people and very polite.  I gave them a box of chocolate candy, sodas and water and they couldn’t have been more appreciative.  The gave me the official pen of the movie.  The actor portraying Louis Tiffany could have been him, they had a picture and I swear they were identical.  Charles Tiffany’s portrayer had similarities, but that was about it.  They filmed some scenes outside with Louis & Charles walking down the street chatting and then several scenes in my dining room.  I asked to be acknowledged in the credits and they said they intended to do this.  When they left, I was assured they would send me a CD of the film.  Sure enough, about a month later, I received a copy.  The film naturally was all in Japanese, so I had no idea what they were saying but enjoyed it very much.  At the end, when the credits started I realized that I don’t speak or read Japanese and so would have no idea if they did in fact credit my Inn.  Well, lo and behold, my Inn’s name came up in English and I assume what was over or under it was the same.  Thanx guys.

ed

Hi,

News Flash, I officially have two fans to my blog.  A new guest booked Monday and said they’ve been following my blog!

Sandra from the Calvary Church renovation group called me today to book a tour.  They’re the group that saved Calvary Methodist church several years ago from the wrecking ball.  They focused the $5 mil restoration that saved the church www.calvarypgh.com .  The church was built back before the turn of the century and reflects the $ that was in Allegheny City at the time, it boasts three incredible Tiffany stained glass windows.  They want to put me on their approved vendors for weddings.  Calvary’s a very nice place that does so much for the community.  If you’re ever around the first Thursday of the month, they have a very casual “soup night” with very affordable meals that benefit the food bank.  Very cool.

OK, I’m a little crazy.  I’m sooooo over this winter and the snow and dirt.  So yesterday I shoveled the left over snow off the front sidewalk so it would melt.  Today I took a hose and cleaned the front and parking lot porches and the sidewalk.  It is so much less depressing.  I was so happy, I again shoveled.  This time the sides of the parking lot so tomorrow Mr Anal can hose the parking lot off and get on with Spring.  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not to stop my masochistic tendencies, I went out to Betty’s (my Mom) this afternoon.  She’s had a LOT of tree damage from the massive snow storms we’ve had in the northeast.  My nephew Michael was already there and we got most of the damage around the house cut up and stacked.  Couldn’t take the debris down into her woods because “the field” was still to wet, my truck got stuck in the mud on the first trip down there. Michael ended up helping me pull the truck out of the field with his mom’s 4 wheel drive car.  Lots of chain saw action and lugging and snipping.  I’m a little sore, but it was nice to see her yard sort of back to normal.

Problems with “the puppy”.  He’s always been aggressive towards Razor (not in a mean way, it’s just he’s kind of greedy, if Razor has it, RJ wants it).  When I went to get the dog food yesterday, I bought them both a bone.  RJ grabbed the first one while I was putting the dog food in the back.  When I got in the truck, I grabbed the other bone in the wheel well and RJ immediately dropped the one in his mouth and took that one.  When I took the one RJ dropped and gave it to Razor, RJ growled at Razor.  Totally unacceptable.  I don’t want to “beat” RJ, for this, then I realized the Razor doesn’t play with toys much anymore.  It dawned on me that Mr Easy going Razor has just given up on the toys.  Does anyone have any suggestions on teaching RJ communal living and sharing?  RJ’s not a “bad guy”, he’s just a puppy in a large body that hasn’t learned sharing.  Razor’s fault of being too much of a nice guy that doesn’t want to assert himself.  (Razor does assert himself at times, but obviously this isn’t important to him).  It is to me.

Good night,

ed

Hi, I’m back,

Once again, I did nine miles over the speed limit (sometimes a bit more) and still arrived when mapquest said I should.  Darn law breaking speeders, they should be banned from the Internet.  :)

Da boiz were quite happy to see me.  They were bouncing all over the place.  So I took them to the park for their run, fed them and then hollered at RJ for being WAY to enthusiastic when I was trying to get my computer to work.  All is back to normal.  :)

When I asked Vicki at the Inn on the Ocean www.innontheocean.com about leaving my truck in their parking lot so I could walk up to the convention center, she said it was more than the twenty blocks I thought it would be, it was more like thirty.  She immediately offered to drive me up, AND pick me up.  I just love bed and breakfasts, could you imagine the manager of a Hilton making that offer?  Breakfast was great.  It started with a medley of fresh fruit, coffee, OJ and a cinnamon bread that melted in your mouth.  Then fluffy scrambled eggs with fresh chives, crisp bacon and a home made muffin.  If you ever get a chance to visit Charlie & Vicki, be sure to ask about the wedding they had the day the moved into their new Inn.  Way too funny.  I was so full from breakfast, I couldn’t even think about a McGrease burger until after five (actually it was a McChicken w/grease).

So they gave me a ride up to the convention center and gave me some local tips on the trip.  There was three regular linen vendors at the show (there also were a number of rental companies and linen processing companies).  I think I have the info I need to make some decent choices.  One of the linen vendors, Harbor Linen’s did the same bs that gives sales people such a bad name.  They have their fancy booklet there with lots of pretty pictures and some descriptions, but no prices.  So I asked about getting a price list and the sales man started the same spiel about all of there customers are treated as unique customers.  I treat all of my guests as unique guests and don’t hide my prices from them.  Make a darn price list and discount for large orders, it’s not a hard concept to grasp.  At least a little guy like me has a basis to work from when wanting to spend time comparing one company to another.

I walked back the thirty blocks and it only took me forty-five minutes, they were short blocks.  Twenty of the blocks was boardwalk.  It was a nice assortment of honky tonk, old style boardwalk, new upscale and comfortably weathered older buildings.  One note to Ocean City, in the course of all my trips on the boardwalk, a dozen plus city trucks passed me, one actually smiled and waved.  I don’t care, but if you want to encourage tourism, at least get your city staff to go out of their way to be friendly.  Jamaica has taught their kids in school for years the importance of tourists.  They have billboards up for the locals explaining how important tourists are.

Well, it’s definitely time for bed, good night.

ed

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